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American Extremists: "Less equal than others"

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Submitted by Card-carrying_B... on

And so it goes.

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Submitted by Valhalla on

hit the nail on the head with such wit and concision. Your American Extremists series has been all that's stood between me and despair these last weeks.

Thank you.

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Submitted by votermom on

Great work, VL.

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I love American Extremists. I thought the excerpts below do a fairly good job of ilustrating today's AE.

Excerpts from post House vote e-mails received from SEIU, Emily's List,
Planned Parenthood, NARAL & NOW:

SEIU's Jessica Kutch: "We just witnessed history in the making. Last night, the U.S. House gaveled in its final vote on health insurance reform, passing it 219 to 212. This vote is one of the most important achievements by the U.S. Congress in a generation." (There is no mention of Stupak / exeutive order.)

Emily's List Stephanie Schriock: "...Despite Stupak's claims of victory for anti-choice forces, he did not succeed in passing his initial amendment, which would have meant unprecedented limits on women's reproductive rights. Our women banded together to stop Stupak and the GOP, and with more of them in office, we'll be able to undo the restrictive policies ." (There is no mention of the exeutive order.)

NARAL's Nancy Keenan: "I am extremely disappointed to tell you that the final package includes the insulting, unworkable Nelson restriction on abortion coverage in the new system....

"...That these abortion-coverage restrictions remained in the bill is terrible news for all of us who believe that American women should not have to sacrifice their right to choose in order to gain ground in other areas of health care. It is an outrage that anti-choice politicians such as Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) used women’s reproductive health as a bargaining chip." (There is no mention of the exeutive order.)

NOW's Terry O'Neil: "Fact: President Obama made an eleventh-hour agreement to issue an executive order lending the weight of his office to the anti-abortion measures included in the bill. This move was designed to appease a handful of anti-choice Democrats who have held up health care reform in an effort to restrict women's access to abortion. This executive order helps to cement the misconception that the Hyde Amendment is settled law rather than what it really is -- an illegitimate tack-on to an annual must-pass appropriations bill. It also sends the outrageous message that it is acceptable to negotiate health care reform on the backs of women."

Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards: "We were able to keep the Stupak abortion ban out of the final legislation, and President Obama did not include the Stupak language in his Executive Order. Unfortunately, the bill does include the Nelson amendment, which will impose new and severe restrictions on private health insurance coverage for abortion for millions of women. And no doubt we will have to beat back more attacks on women's health as the Senate considers the final health care reform package."

Submitted by hipparchia on

i had seen several of them scattered around the internet, but it's helpful having them all in one place like this. good to know who our enemies are [just about everybody, it seems].

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The Center for Reproductive Rights:

03.21.10 - The Center for Reproductive Rights is deeply disappointed with President Obama’s decision to issue an executive order on abortion restrictions after the House of Representatives approves the healthcare bill. The order, intended to secure support from anti-choice Democrats for healthcare reform legislation, essentially imports the Hyde Amendment strictures to an executive order. Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights has this response:

“The President’s decision to issue an executive order designed to assuage Representative Stupak and his cohorts is a betrayal of millions of women across this country and of his campaign promises. The order lends credibility to an already impossibly flawed policy that punishes and discriminates against poor women by denying them the full range of reproductive health services and their constitutional right. Current policy known as the Hyde Amendment was denounced by President Obama himself as a presidential candidate.

“Current law withholds funding for abortion under Medicaid and other federal programs even though the service is one of the most common procedures for American women. For millions of women, these federal programs are their sole means of getting health services, including reproductive healthcare. Abortion is the only medically necessary health service excluded from this coverage. Failure to provide insurance coverage for a medical procedure that only women need is discrimination.

“It is unacceptable that a pro-choice President has put his imprimatur on a highly restrictive and unjust anti-choice measure. Early on in this debate a good faith compromise supported by pro-choice groups was tossed out to appease Representative Stupak and his cohorts. It is tragic that, under a pro-choice administration and a Democratic majority in Congress, harmful anti-choice policy will be the price American women will pay for healthcare reform.”

From the former President of Catholics for Choice:

As a consequences of the deal, Frances Kissling, the former president of Catholics for Choice, called for abortion rights supporters to renew their push to repeal the Hyde Amendment.

"I hope the choice movement now decides to play hardball with Democrats, including the President, and insist that an all out effort to overturn the Hyde Amendment is required if Democratic office holders and candidates want our vote in 2012," she told The Post. "I for one have decided that I simply will not vote for another elected official until Hyde is overturned and I hope others will do the same. There is no reason for prochoice voters to accept Democratic pussyfooting around on repealing Hyde."

I especially like that statement by Frances Kissling. Preach it, sister girl!

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Submitted by quixote on

I try not to read about all this crap because it's bad for my health (and since the only alternative after this Insurance Profit Protection Act is to die quickly if you get sick, I have to be more careful than ever).

So I don't know where the bit in quotes comes from. "a model set of segregation guidelines." Is that for real? I mean, it's way too easy to believe with Big0. He said that? When and in what context? Huh? OMG. etc. etc. etc. I'm getting really tired of being stunned by new falling garbage and feeling stupid that I didn't think it could get worse.

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Submitted by madamab on

In which Obama substituted the Stupak language on abortion for the language that was formerly in the Senate bill, there is a call for "segregation" of funding for abortion.

John Lennon was right: woman truly is the n*gger of the world.

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Submitted by quixote on

(Yoko Ono made that point, but, either way, unfortunately, ... yes.)

So, I see. Segregation, but it's all okay because it's not about women. It's about abortion.

As if a "sit at the back of the bus" sign didn't discriminate against black people. It merely had to do with dark skin.

Oy.

Submitted by jawbone on

under or on top of the cartoons with a URL for cites/links for the captions of the day?

Just a thought...might it work?

Again, using exact quotes is devastating, but not always succinct, eh? But making sure reader can click to the source would be helpful for those of us in the reality-based community.

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Submitted by three wickets on

Here's another instance where they use "segregation" in the EO. It's not possible whoever wrote this was not aware what they were signaling.

Upon completion of those model guidelines, the Secretary of HHS should promptly initiate a rulemaking to issue regulations, which will have the force of law, to interpret the Act’s segregation requirements, and shall provide guidance to state health insurance commissioners on how to comply with the model guidelines.

Submitted by libbyliberal on

... maybe we women should wear a black arm band or do something physically demonstrable as a group to register the loss of reproductive rights ... to not let it pass along with more shock and awe is all... so younger women especially won't pick up even further on the collective battered women (citizen) syndrome Obama is inflicting on us as a nation in his quiet and amiable say-anything-do-the horrifying way. We have let the strident right posture so long without any empathy for women. High time we made a noise.

Submitted by libbyliberal on

... maybe we women (and men, too?) should wear a black arm band or do something physically demonstrable as a group to register the loss of reproductive rights ... to not let it pass along with more shock and awe is all... so younger women especially won't pick up even further on the collective battered women (citizen) syndrome Obama is inflicting on us as a nation in his quiet and amiable say-anything-do-the horrifying way. We have let the strident right posture so long without any empathy for women. High time we made a noise.